The latest report, “Opportunity Knocks”, published by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), in conjunction with the IET and the University of Cambridge’s Engineering Design Centre highlights that technological innovation could revolutionise life for the ageing population and benefit the economy.
The report highlights a number of ideas, including:
Kettles which monitors blood pressure
3D printed custom grips for Zimmer frames, walking sticks and other mobility aids
‘Cuddle cushions’ which would allow relatives being able to send each other cuddles
Smart water bottles which would prompt people to drink more to prevent dehydration
Accessible and modern “Boris Scooters” (or segways) in towns and cities to help people get around
It argues that there is a benefit to UK plc of a design response to ageing. The over 65s in the UK spend around £2.2 billion per week and they could be spending over £6 billion per week (£312 billion per annum) by 2037.
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